Inside scoop from our experts: Collecting nurse-sensitive quality indicators

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, November 10, 2009

This week, a reader asks how to prepare for collecting nurse-sensitive quality indicators. Read the response from advisor Gina Boring, BSN, RN, NE-BC, ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) project director at Aultman Health Foundation in Canton, OH.

Q: What do we need to know about collecting nurse-sensitive quality indicators?

A: All hospitals applying for MRP designation need to participate in a national database that benchmarks nurse-sensitive quality indicators. Organizations must collect nurse-sensitive indicator data related to patient outcomes for a two-year period, and after MRP designation, ongoing participation is required.

Organizations must have submitted and received feedback about data at least twice before designation, and will need to have that data available for appraiser review.

When initial data is received, organizations can review and initiate practice changes if necessary. Remember, it is what you do with the data that counts.

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